Studio MM, pllc, founded in 2010 by Marica McKeel, AIA, is an architecture firm based in New York City and focused on contemporary residential design. Projects include new homes, renovations and furniture design in and around NYC. We have recently completed a modern home in the foothills of the Catskill Mountains and are currently designing/ working on other contemporary houses in Upstate NY’s Hudson Valley region and in various cities throughout the Eastern United States. Marica is licensed to practice architecture in NY, FL and SC.

Marica McKeel:  architect.  designer.  foodie.  entrepreneur.

In 2003 Marica moved to New York City to get her Masters in Architecture from Parsons and after graduating decided to make NYC her permanent home. She has experience across a broad range of building sectors having worked for Santiago Calatrava in New York from 2007 through 2010 on various projects including The World Trade Center Transportation Hub, the Chicago Spire and the Campus Master Plan for Florida Polytechnic University. Previous experience focused on designing residential projects in Tampa where she was partially responsible for developing the Channelside 212 Lofts, one of the first projects designed to bring residential housing into downtown Tampa. Marica holds a Master of Architecture from Parsons School of Design and a Bachelor of Environmental Design in Architecture from North Carolina State University. Her work has been featured in various journals and publications including Tampa Bay Business Journal and Florida Architecture magazine, and most recently the Upstater, the Novedge blog: The Edge and Houzz.


In 2015 I began growing our team. “Surround yourself with the dreamers, the doers, the believers and the thinkers…”
The strength of our firm is in the quality of our team. I am extremely proud to be surrounded by an amazing group of individuals. Together we make up a wildly talented Studio MM:


Marisa Kaugars

In 2015, Marisa joined Studio MM as an intern after receiving her B.A. from Yale University. She thrives on collaborating with Marica on designs, detailing construction drawings, and crafting new renderings. Marisa enjoys dabbling in all things creative – in her spare time she works as a costume designer, occasionally designs furniture, and explores the arts offerings of NYC. When not in the studio, she can be found in her kitchen, experimenting with new recipes, tweaking an old favorite, or finding excuses to bake just one more cake.

Tracy Levy

Tracy has worked consistently in and around the architecture world with a background in PR and Business Administration. Since 2010 she has helped keep Studio MM on track, and as of 2015 has become an integral part of our team taking on Business Development, Marketing and Strategy roles for our firm. Tracy is a Hudson Valley locavore, our studio yoga enthusiast, and loves living out her passion for architecture and design through our social media channels.

John Grinstead

Since 2012 John has worked in and around the NYC area – touching in part or in whole a staggering 40+ high end residential projects (think fast-paced schedules, tight spaces and lots of management) – and still his love of residential architecture and design has endured. John is excited to join Studio MM as Project Manager and continue doing what he does best – managing projects from design to reality, loving all the steps that come in-between, and making sure each home is detailed well and flawlessly executed.
John holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Cal Poly. In his spare time he can be found watercoloring, designing furniture, hiking, hanging in Brooklyn, honing his skills, planning his non-profit or trying to figure out which emoji to use in the office Slack channels.